Sharon M. Hanlon

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Naples, FL

Law Firm of Sharon M. Hanlon, PA
 | 5633 Naples Boulevard, Naples, FL 34109
Phone: 239-598-3222
Fax: 239-598-9002
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

Attorney Sharon M. Hanlon of the Naples, Florida, firm Zelman & Hanlon, P.A., dedicates 100 percent of her practice to litigation. With more than 30 years' experience, Ms. Hanlon represents plaintiffs in personal injury cases as well as other cases involving civil law.

Ms. Hanlon received her undergraduate degree from the College of St. Catherine, has a Master of Arts in psychology from Central Michigan University and a law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. She has been elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and received an AV Preeminent* rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which recognizes attorneys who represent the highest level of professional skill and integrity in the practice of law.

Ms. Hanlon is the recipient of the Donald E. Van Koughnet Lion of the Law Award by the judiciary of Collier County, as well as Woman Attorney of the Year by the Collier County Women's Bar Association. She is past president of the Southwest Florida chapter of ABOTA and the September 2012 recipient of Legal Aid of Collier County's Attorney of the Month. Ms. Hanlon is on the Western Michigan University/ Thomas M. Cooley Law School Board of Directors. Ms. Hanlon is the in-coming President of the SW Florida Federal Bar Association.  She is a past president of the 20th Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC), the Collier County Trial Lawyers Section, The Thomas M. Biggs Inns of Court and the Collier County Women's Bar Association. She has been active on the Collier County Bar Association Board of Directors and the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL) Board of Directors, as well as community boards, including United Way of Collier County, the Women's Political Caucus, the Neighborhood Clinic and David Lawrence Center.

Ms. Hanlon is admitted to practice in Florida, Michigan, and Minnesota, as well as before the U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, the U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan and the Court of Appeals 6th Circuit.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
  • 100%Personal Injury - General
Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Selections

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Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2020

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About Sharon Hanlon

Admitted: 1992, Florida

Professional Webpage: http://www.zelmanandhanlon.com/Attorneys/Sharon-M-Hanlon.sht...

Honors/Awards:

  • Donald E. Van Koughnet Lion of the Law Award by the judiciary of Collier County, 2010
  • Collier County Women Bar Association, Woman Attorney of the Year, 1999
  • Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend, 2011, 2014, 2015
  • "AV" Rating, Martindale Hubbell
  • Florida Association of Women Lawyers, Top 50 Lawyers, June 2001

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Minnesota licensure, 2014
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1992
  • Florida, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 1982
  • Michigan, 1982
  • Member, Western Michigan University/Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Board of Directors, 2011 - Present
  • Board Member Secretary, Florida Association for Women Lawyers ( FAWL), 2007-2008; membership chair 2008-2010; board member 2014- 2016
  • Board Member, Collier County Women's Bar Association, 1993-1998 and 2010 - 2013
  • Board of Directors, Collier County Bar Association, 2008 - 2012
  • Board Member, Collier County Women's Bar Association, 1999
  • Founding President, Collier County Women's Bar , Chapter Representative to The Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL)
  • Founding President, Florida Association for  Women Lawyers ( FAWL), Collier County Women's Bar Association, 1993 - 1995
  • Member, Florida Association for  Women Lawyers ( FAWL), Collier County Women's Bar Association
  • Chair, Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC), appointed by Governor Crist. The JNC interviews all applicants to judicial openings within the five county 20th Judicial Circuit, then submits recommended applicants to the Governor for his selection for openings on the county and circuit benches. 2009-2010
  • Membership Director, Florida Association for Women Lawyers ( FAWL), 2009 - 2011
  • Secretary, Florida Association for Women Lawyers ( FAWL), 2008
  • Membership Director, Florida Association for Women Lawyers ( FAWL), This is a state organization comprised of woman lawyers in Florida, with 28 chapters located throughout Florida. 2009-2011
  • Re-elected to the Board of Directors, Collier County Bar Association,  2010-2013
  • Elected to the Board of Directors, Collier County Bar Association,  2007-2010
  • Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC), appointed by Governor Crist, 2008-2011
  • Legal Aid of Collier County's Attorney, September, 2012
  • President, Southwest Florida Chapter of ABOTA
  • President of The Collier County Trial Lawyers Section, 2001-2002
  • Member, Collier County Bar Association, Collier County Trial Lawyers Section, 1992
  • Secretary/Treasurer, Thomas M. Biggs Inns of Court, 2010 - 2011
  • President, Thomas M. Biggs Inns of Court, 2011 - 2012
  • Chair, Judicial Nominating Commission, 2010 - 2011
  • Member, Judicial Nominating Commission, 2008 - 2011
  • Member of the SW Chapter of The American Board of Trial Advocates ( ABOTA), a national organization recognizing trial attorneys.  Only 1% of all lawyers are voted into this membership.  Am the 1st woman in Collier County elected into ABOTA.

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Board Member, Collier County United Way, 1999 - 2003
  • Collier County Emergency Medical Services Advisory Commission, which is a county committee charged with review and research of the local emergency operation, 1996-1999
  • Participated in Collier County Young Lawyers Association's presentation of Mock Trial, active in both coaching local high school teams and scoring of the presentations, 1993-2009
  • Chairperson, Michigan for People's Law School, 1991
  • Collier County School Districts various parent / teacher organizations, for the various schools my three (3) children attended. One committee included the planning and implementation of a new high school in Collier County, 1993-2007
  • Board Member, Planned Parenthood of Collier County, 1998-2001
  • Leadership Collier, Collier County Chamber of Commerce, Class of 1999
  • Board Member, Productivity Committee, Collier County. This is a county committee charged with the investigation and research of subjects that come before the County Commission, 1998-2000
  • Board of Directors, Ft Myers / Naples Town Hall Speakership Series. This is a local speakership series where national and international speakers address the community. As a Board Member was responsible for selection of the speakers, and interviewing them during the series, 1997-2000
  • President, Collier County Women's Political Caucus, 1999-2000
  • Member, Collier County Women's Political Caucus, 1992-2002
  • Board member, David Lawrence Center, Collier County, 2000 - 2003
  • Member, Collier County Medical Alliance ( for spouses of medical providers), assisting in various committee events hosted by the Medical Alliance, 1995-2011
  • Project Help, a Collier County organization devoted to assisting the emotional needs of callers. Member of the organization through The United Way of Collier County, 2000 - 2002,

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Taught sessions for the Annual Entrepreneur's Law School, which is affiliated with Florida Gulf Coast University.  Class taught was " How to Avoid being Sued for a Personal Injury Claim", 2000 - 2009

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Settlement of claim where patient sustained injuries in vehicle roll over and died enroute to the hospital when emergency vehicle encountered mechanical problems.
  • Settlement for family when their mother sustained fatal injuries in a pool suction product liability claim.
  • Settlement of over $ 1 million in cord strangulation of child in product liability claim

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Young Lawyers division chapter award, Grand Rapids, American Bar Association

Educational Background:

  • College of St Catherine (now The University of St Catherines), St Paul, Minnesota, B.A. in Psychology, 1977
  • Central Michigan University, M.A. in Psychology, 1980
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan, J.D., 1982
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Office Location for Sharon M. Hanlon

5633 Naples Boulevard
Naples, FL 34109

Phone: 239-598-3222

Fax: 239-598-9002

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